Essays Archive

A Guilty Song: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – Band Aid

This entry is part 29 of 29 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

This entry is part 29 of 29 in the series 30 days, 30 songsTo be fair, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” isn’t really a Christmas song, even though it’s played ad nauseum on pop stations during the holiday season. When I hear it, I don’t think of Christmas. I think of Band Aid, Bob Geldof, …

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‘Love . . . Thy Will Be Done’ – Prince

Some of you may have heard Martika’s song “Love . . . Thy Will Be Done.” Many of you probably don’t know that Prince wrote it and gave it to Martika to record. The song reached #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Recently, I got to hear Prince’s version of this song. Martika did little to …

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Driving Home to Nick Drake

Many Nick Drake purists, the ones who knew him throughout his anonymity of the 1970s and 80s, howled in protest when Volkswagen put his “Pink Moon” in one of its commercials. Drake became an overnight success, 25 years after his death, and Drake was no longer music’s best-kept secret. I was one of those who …

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